By John Wilbert/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – While Lafayette High quarterback Jeremy Liggins certainly has the size – 6-4, 270 – to dominate on the high school level, he won’t think for a second that he can be successful on his own.
“I felt like I did pretty well,” said the senior signal-caller for top-ranked Lafayette. “You know, it really wasn’t me, it was the whole team.
“Just like I tell everybody else, I can’t beat everybody by myself, you know? If I was trying to beat everybody by myself, it would be 11 on one, and there is now way one person can beat 11 people.”
Liggins – who rushed 12 times for 66 yards and completed 6 of 9 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown versus the Golden Wave Friday night – is even bigger this year, having put on 10-15 pounds over the summer, he says, before “turning it into lean muscle.”
“I don’t know,” the senior NCAA Division I prospect said about the prospects of playing on the defensive side of the ball in college. “Colleges are telling me, though, it’s whatever I want to play.
“It could be a different story when I get there.”
He said Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are his top college choices right now.
After passing for 1,661 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushing for 1,186 and 17 more for a team that went 16-0 – the first in MHSAA’s history – and won the Class 4A state championship in 2010, Liggins has proven to be more than a successful conductor of the Commodores offense.
He drew the Wave offsides twice with hard counts in the first half, as his team amassed a 34-3 lead by the end of the first half.
“Everybody came out and we were clicking on all cylinders,” Liggins said afterwards.
And Friday night, it wasn’t just Liggins and his backfield mate, Demarkus Dennis, a 2,249-yard rusher from a year ago, with all the highlights.